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verb es·tab·lish \i-ˈsta-blish\

Simple Definition of establish

  • : to cause (someone or something) to be widely known and accepted

  • : to put (someone or something) in a position, role, etc., that will last for a long time

  • : to begin or create (something that is meant to last for a long time)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of establish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to institute (as a law) permanently by enactment or agreement

  3. 2 obsolete :  settle 7

  4. 3 a :  to make firm or stable b :  to introduce and cause to grow and multiply <establish grass on pasturelands>

  5. 4 a :  to bring into existence :  found <established a republic> b :  bring about, effect <established friendly relations>

  6. 5 a :  to put on a firm basis :  set up <establish his son in business> b :  to put into a favorable position c :  to gain full recognition or acceptance of <the role established her as a star>

  7. 6 :  to make (a church) a national or state institution

  8. 7 :  to put beyond doubt :  prove <established my innocence>


play \-shə-bəl\ adjective


play \-shər\ noun

Examples of establish in a sentence

  1. The film established her as a star.

  2. She established a reputation as a hard worker.

  3. The word is now established as part of the English language.

  4. The company has established itself as a leader in the industry.

  5. As a young doctor he worked hard to establish himself in the community.

  6. They want to establish their children in the family business.

  7. She established a system of tracking expenses more accurately.

  8. The two countries established a mutual trade agreement.

  9. establishing a link between diet and cancer

  10. Investigators are trying to establish if anyone knew about these problems before the accident.

Origin and Etymology of establish

Middle English establissen, from Anglo-French establiss-, stem of establir, from Latin stabilire, from stabilis stable

First Known Use: 14th century

ESTABLISH Defined for Kids


verb es·tab·lish \i-ˈsta-blish\

Definition of establish for Students



  1. 1 :  to bring into being :  found <They established a colony.>

  2. 2 :  to put beyond doubt :  prove <She established her innocence.>

Law Dictionary


transitive verb es·tab·lish

Legal Definition of establish

  1. 1 :  to institute (as a law) permanently by enactment or agreement <we the people of the United States…do ordain and establish this Constitution — U.S. Constitution preamble>

  2. 2 :  to make firm or stable

  3. 3 :  to bring into existence :  found <Congress shall have power…to establish post offices and post roads — U.S. Constitution art. I>; specifically :  to found (a national bank) pursuant to a charter

  4. 4 :  to make (a church) a national or state institution — see also establishment, establishment clause

  5. 5 :  to put beyond doubt :  prove

  6. 6 :  to place in a position of being accepted or followed <a rule established by case law>

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